A group of human rights experts from the UN in a report criticized the Islamic Emirate's treatment of women during the last year.
They said that the international community must step-up efforts to urge the Islamic Emirate to adhere to basic human rights principles, warning that Afghanistan's future is bleak if more is not done to reverse the deteriorating human rights situation, particularly for women and girls.
"It has been one year since the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban. At that time, we again called on the international community to take stringent actions to protect Afghans from human rights violations including arbitrary detention, summary executions, internal displacement, and unlawful restrictions on their human rights, in particular those most likely to be affected such as women and girls and vulnerable citizens, people with disabilities, human rights defenders, journalists, artists, religious and other minorities, educators and civil society actors,” the report reads.
They asked the Islamic Emirate to respect international human rights laws.
“Abide by all international human rights and humanitarian law obligations and commitments incumbent upon Afghanistan, fully implement the human rights standards that Afghanistan has freely accepted, including respecting the rights of girls and women to education, employment, and participation in public life, upholding the rights of persons belonging to minority communities, and constructively engaging with human rights mechanisms,” the statement said.
The UN report further added that the Islamic Emirate should immediately allow girls above the sixth grade to go to school and remove the restrictions on the free movement of women.
“Immediately open all secondary schools for girls and restore their access to a quality education, as well as lift the restrictions imposed on women’s mobility, attire, employment and political participation and immediately cease all acts of violence against them,” the report further added.
The Islamic Emirate rejected the UN's findings of violations of human rights.
"Human rights were once violated and our people were subject to numerous terror acts and crimes and were under bombardment and heavy weaponry, but after the arrival of the Islamic Emirate, the rights of our people and the rights of our citizens have been secured," said Bilal Karimi, Islamic Emirate deputy spokesperson.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium in a statement said that women and girls are being gradually removed from public life in Afghanistan.
"Measures are progressively erasing women and girls from public life. Such as denial of access to secondary schools and suspension of classes, obstacles to employment, lack of opportunities to participate in political and public life, and limits on their freedom of movement, association and expression, imposition of the hijab or burqa, and the requirement that women be accompanied by a male (man or boy) for travel, visits, and other activities in public life. The increase in forced marriages and child marriages seen in the country suggests devastating effects for generations to come. These decisions go against the commitments given by the Taliban when they took power and make it impossible to resume relations with the regime,” Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib noted.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International expressed concerns over the human rights situation in Afghanistan.
"We are worried about the dire and fragile state of human rights in Afghanistan, and our findings also show that one year after the Taliban repeatedly used violence and prejudice, there has been no accountability," said Samira Hamidi, head of the Afghanistan section at Amnesty International.
The Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Ramiz Alakbarov, has expressed concerns over the poor economic situation of the people in Afghanistan and said that more aid is needed to improve the situation.
“Today, the tragic reality is that the scale of needs in Afghanistan far outstrips the response capacity of humanitarian actors to meet them, and it will simply not be possible to move the population from a mode of surviving to thriving unless a functioning economy and banking system is restored; longer-term, more sustainable interventions are resumed; line ministries are technically capacitated; girls are officially able to return to school; and women and girls can participate meaningfully and safely in all aspects of social, political and economic life, including humanitarian work,” said the humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan, Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov.